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ARQ boxer Piala vows to do everything in WBO title bid

Emmanuel B. Villaruel - The Freeman
ARQ boxer Piala vows to do everything in WBO title bid
The unbeaten featherweight contender Rodex “The Tank” Piala (L) together with ARQ Boxing’s strength and conditioning coach Roger Justine Potot.
Arq Boxing Photo

CEBU, Philippines — ARQ Stable prospect Rodex “The Tank” Piala knows that a difficult task looms ahead of him fighting for a title for the first time in his career behind enemy lines in his first tour of duty abroad.

But Piala vows to do whatever it takes to win as battles against Japanese Kenji Fujita in an exciting showdown of unbeatens for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific featherweight crown in a fight card bankrolled by Teiken Promotions on Saturday, June 1, at the historic Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

“Kining boxing akoang kinabuhi. Sa matag training nako, naa pirme sa akong huna-huna ang akong pamilya,” said Piala. “Ako gyud gipangandaman og maayo kining awaya kay gusto sab nako nga dunay ikapasigarbo sa akong ARQ boxing team.”

Piala holds a perfect 10-0 record spiked with only one knockout, while Fujita is also unscathed in six bouts with 3KOs.

Not pressured at all, the 29-year-old Piala looks forward to show his stuff in his maiden ring assignment on foreign shores with much enthusiasm.

“Excited ko dili about sa pagbiyahe. Na-excited ko sa akoang sumbagay sa lugar kon asa ko maabot,” he continued.

Piala gamely admitted that it’s going to be a tough challenge for him but he will fight to the death in the hope of bringing home the coveted belt.

“Mapasalamaton kaayo ko kay tanan suporta gihatag nako sa akoang manager nga si sir Jason Arqusiola ug mam Eva Mari. Mao nang maningkamot sab ko og maayo ug buhaton tanan kutob sa akong mahimo inubanan og pag-ampo nga makuha nako ang championship sa WBO Asia Pacific,” Piala said. — (FREEMAN)

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